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Art Break: ‘Russian Photography After the Revolution’ at Nailya Alexander Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 23, 2017

This week Art Break is focusing on photography work influenced by the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Our midtown pick, the Nailya Alexander Gallery, is known for its outstanding holdings of Russian photographers and this collection will show you why. Mostly from the years directly after the Revolution, the large format images on view are a combination of artistry, propaganda and reportage. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the time period and photographic techniques that are still relevant today, even with Photoshop. As always, all of our listings are free to the public.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)

When: Now through November 17, Tue – Sat: 11-6, Sun: 12-6

Who: Perfect City Presents The Original New Yorkers: Haruka Sakaguchi

What: Photographs of New Yorkers most affected by gentrification practices

Why: The written statements of the subjects are a powerful plea for better and more housing in NYC

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Hollis Taggart, 521 West 26th Street, 7th Floor

When: Now through November 10, Tues-Sat: 12-6

Who: Between Tachisme and Abstract Expressionism: Bluhm, Francis, Jenkins

What: Three friends that defined and refined an artistic aesthetic

Why: European and American views of an artistic movement concur and diverge

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Nailya Alexander Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704

When: Now through November 30, Tue – Sat: 11-6

Who: Russian Photography After the Revolution

What: Selection of images from the 1920s to 1940s

Why: The quality of the prints on view bring a time period to life

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 15 East 84th Street,

When: Now through January 7, 2018, Wed – Thu: 11-6, Fri: 11-8, Sat – Sun: 11-6

Who: Restoring the Minoans: Elizabeth Price and Sir Arthur Evans

What: Artifacts, archival material, and video art discussing the culture of the Minoans

Why: An exploration of questions regarding restoration, art, and the modern audienc



Cover: Boris Ignatovich: Control Lever, Dinamo Factory (1930); gelatin silver print, printed later by photographer; photographer’s stamp on verso 7 x 10 3/4 inches (17.8 x 27.3 cm); courtesy of artist /Nailya Alexander Gallery.


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